Re: informal GPS Poll

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Posted by David A. Wright on January 01, 2003 at 01:11:50:

In Reply to: informal GPS Poll posted by Arkose on December 28, 2002 at 00:18:02:

Don't own a GPS unit. I am toying with the idea of the bright yellow Garmin unit, the $119 unit you can get at WalMart. A buddy of mine has one and it is fun walking and seeing in real time how fast you're going, putting in a coordinate (he loves geocaching) and it telling you how to return and how far it is. Love the altimeter, altitude is more important to me than where I've been (I already know that part). The map units, for knowing where you are going, are getting better, but still way too much money.

Back in 1999 I was looking for information on the Net about getting to the ghost town of DeLamar, Nevada. There was a website by a Jeep club in Las Vegas who attempted to find DeLamar. They had the GPS units and spent two days trying to find DeLamar without success. They got to the DeLamar cemetery and nearby Helena ghost town, but not to DeLamar. I found DeLamar without any trouble on the well maintained dirt Lincoln County road using an auto club map in less than a half hour from nearby Caliente. I guess the Jeep club was so busy looking for DeLamar digitally they forgot to look visually.

A buddy of mine, who often posts on this board, uses an old 486 laptop unit running DeLorme's Street Atlas USA software and has his Garmin GPS plugged in. Impressive, although bulky since it takes up the passenger seat. It's great for zooming in or out and seeing in real time where you are in a format for me that's intuitive (UTMs and Longitude/Latitude numbers don't exactly mean anything to me).

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